Garrison is a small town nestled along the western shore of Mille Lacs Lake, one of Minnesota's largest lakes. Known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, Garrison is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, with Mille Lacs Lake being a renowned spot for walleye fishing. The town offers a peaceful escape for locals and tourists alike, with its lush forests and serene lakes providing a perfect backdrop for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Visitors can also explore local shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, making Garrison a delightful destination for both relaxation and adventure in the heart of Minnesota's lake country.

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Average Price $239K
Lowest Price $6.5K
Highest Price $1.9M
Total Listings 38
Avg. Days On Market 122
Avg. Price/SQFT $191

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Area Information

Garrison is located in Crow Wing County in central Minnesota. It is approximately 125 miles north of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and can be reached via Highway 169 and 20 miles to the Brainerd/Baxter area. Garrison is a small town with a population of around 200 residents but grows significantly during the summer months with tourists who come to utilize the lake. 

Beyond fishing and water sports, Garrison offers opportunities for golfing, hiking, and wildlife observation in nearby parks and forests. The nearby Soo Line Trail, a converted railroad line, passes through Onamia and is popular for hiking and snowmobiling.

Garrison serves as a gateway for those exploring the Northwoods of Minnesota, with easy access to lakes, forests, and the natural wonders of the region. Notably, Garrison is home to a quirky landmark—a giant, fiberglass walleye fish statue—paying homage to the area’s angling fame and solidifying the town's identity as a beloved destination for fishermen and outdoor adventurers alike.

Community Attractions in Garrison, Minnesota

Mille Lacs Lake - This is the second-largest inland lake in Minnesota and a major attraction in Garrison. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, sailing, and during the winter, ice fishing. It's a great spot for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass fishing.

Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkOffers a variety of activities such as hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. The park also has an interpretive center that provides information about the area's 9,000 years of human history and archaeological significance.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs - Located near Garrison, this casino offers gaming, entertainment, dining, and live performances for visitors looking for indoor entertainment.

Wealthwood State Forest - Ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, birding, hunting, and snowmobiling in a less developed natural setting.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation AreaA short 20-minute drive from Garrison, this area offers world-renowned mountain biking trails, scenic overlooks, and clear mine lakes that are perfect for scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking.

Golfing - There are several golf courses in and around Garrison, including, Northwoods Hills Golf Course, offering golfers of all skill levels a chance to play while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.

Resorts and Lodging - There are many resorts in Garrison and surrounding Mille Lacs that attract many tourists each year! 

Bars and Restaurants 

Y Club Bar & Grill - A popular spot for both locals and visitors, offering a diverse menu with burgers, pizzas, and other classic American fare. They also provide a full bar service.

Blue Goose Inn - This is a classic tavern with a range of beverages and standard bar food, making it a local favorite for a casual night out.

Twin Pines ResortApart from offering lodging, Twin Pines has a restaurant known for its good food, especially the fish dishes, given its location right by the lake.

VFW Post 1816Located in Garrison, this Veterans of Foreign Wars post also offers a bar and occasional meal events open to the public.

The Harbor InnThis is another local spot in Garrison where you can enjoy drinks, food, and the company of locals.

Garrison Concourse - While not a bar or restaurant, it's worth mentioning as it's a popular spot for picnics, especially during community events. You might find local vendors or food trucks during such occasions.

Given Garrison's proximity to other towns and cities around Mille Lacs Lake, you can also find several dining options a short drive away.

Local Events

Garrison Play Days Typically held in the summer, this event is a community celebration featuring parades, food vendors, live music, and various family-friendly activities. It's a time for residents and visitors to come together and enjoy the warm weather in a festive atmosphere.

Fourth of July Celebration - Garrison hosts a vibrant Independence Day celebration that includes a traditional parade, food, live entertainment, and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

Classic Car Show - Usually occurring in the summer, this event attracts automobile enthusiasts showcasing a range of classic and custom cars, providing a fun experience for participants and spectators alike.

Christmas in Garrison - The holiday season in Garrison is marked by various festive activities, including a community tree-lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, holiday craft fairs, and more, bringing together residents and visitors in the spirit of the season.

Walleye Fishing OpenerThe opening of the walleye fishing season is a much-anticipated time in Garrison. While not an organized event per se, it's a busy time with many festivities, as anglers hit the water in hopes of catching the prized fish.

Trails and Parks 

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park - This park is significant for its natural and historical features. It offers an extensive trail system for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. The park's ancient history and archaeological significance are additional attractions for visitors. It's also a great spot for bird watching, camping, and has several picnic areas.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area - While it's a short drive from Garrison, this area is renowned for its world-class mountain biking trails. The park, located amid abandoned mine pits and piles of mining waste, offers strikingly beautiful scenery and clear lakes that are popular for trout fishing, scuba diving, and kayaking.

Wealthwood State ForestThis less-developed area is perfect for those looking for a more solitary experience with nature. It offers opportunities for hunting, birding, and hiking, and has snowmobile trails for winter enthusiasts.

Garrison Concourse Wayside Park - Known for its landmark giant walleye fish statue, this small park is situated on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake and provides scenic views, picnic areas, and fishing opportunities.

Soo Line TrailAccessible to ATV riders, snowmobilers, horseback riders, and bikers, this trail runs through scenic rural Minnesota and is part of a larger trail system that stretches through the state

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